I really do think this is true, as of a conversation with Dancer Boy and Spanish Silver. The conversation was about how bits of the group have split off already into neatly defined groups, and put everyone into boxes. Now to be honest I hadn’t really noticed, I tend not to hang around with the others from the group because for the first week I was using my lunch hour to get my loan cheque sorted out and then to do various things for Writers Guild and now I find that everyone has paired off into groups. I tend to sit on table with a book for lunch, the Winged Postman joins me somedays as does the Chatty Coalminer; occaisionally I have been known to pick a table that gives me a good view of Scottish Dish.
Anyway thats besides the point, Dancer Boy feels like he’s been deliberately cast aside in a very schoolish manner. And to be honest, looking at the Liverpol Two, Sock Man et al, I can see what he means. Geeks and freaks have been discarded and ‘cool’ people have been decided upon. Of course this doesn’t quite apply to everyone but even so, I can understand Dancer Boy’s point; Spanish Silver seemed put out that because she arrived on the course a week late to find that everyone had discovered their nichey cliques (again I hadn’t noticed them, but today I suddenly did).
In any case, listening to them I had a sudden urge to point out that we teachers were behaving exactly like school kids. Then I thought about my school. At primary school, the ‘cool’ kids were the older ones; you pogressed into the ‘clique’ as you went through the school. Everyone played with everyone else in pretty much year groups. The apart froms being apart from Chain Tig or Block where the whole school except for the infants played. (That was only about forty to sixty kids though).
In any case, no real clique, more older kids are much more fun. Now in secondary school I remember different people hanging out in different groups, but it changed year to year (month to month somedays) who hung out with who. There were the sluts, and there were the role-players. But they are the only two group I remember as being defined. Various drama’s happend during school, but the whole form/year group on occaision got involved rather than it being cool or geeks or whoever else.
Even in Sixth Form when it got closest to being defined (mainly by the rooms of the converted terraced house we hung out in) the only people who didn’t get involved were a small group of four who thought that they were cool and my group of particular friends were geeks…I remember everyone else in the year ignoring them. But my point is this; the only time I have seen the groups or cliques division (which may or may not be happening at college) is in American High School Movies. I’m not sure it actually happens in real life, certainly when you reach university no one cares any more whether you read sci-fi or play basketball you just are and everybody talks to everybody else.
However despite the fact that the cliques didn’t happen to me IRL I was about to make a comment as though they did (now maybe their experience is mainstream to everybody except me although I doubt it), the High School Movie has inserted itself into my way of thinking, I object strongly to it having done that. Lying bloody Americans are seeming into my brain! Maybe they are all just this big hypnotic cult trying to homogenise the way we all think and act in order to take over our world.
An American once asked me if the rest of the world hated them, I said no. I wonder if in thirty years time that will still be true.